The Kentucky senate has passed a bill that makes taunting police a crime.
Per Newsmax “the measure was filed months after Louisville, the state’s largest city, became the site of huge protests in the wake of the police killing of Breonna Taylor. The bill passed the Republican-dominated Senate 22-11 and now awaits House input.”
According to the bill, any person who “accosts, insults, taunts, or challenges a law enforcement officer with offensive or derisive words, or by gestures or other physical contact, that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent response” would be guilty of a misdemeanor.
They could then face up to 90 days in prison.
The bill also has penalties for rioting. Those charged with rioting would be required to be held for a minimum of 48 hours. Pointing “a light, a laser pointer, an activated horn or other noise-making device towards the head” would also be made a crime, something that has been done to police by rioters in Portland.